Welcome to Day #1 of the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour!
So what’s this all about? I want to give you fourteen opportunities to win a copy of my new book, Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects!
The next two weeks are sure to be a blast…Each day of the Tour, I’ll share thoughts on some of my favorite tools and materials, provide surface design tips, or play around with some Valentine’s Day-themed projects using techniques from my book. I’ll also introduce you to thirteen of my fiber friends…you’re sure to recognize their names! (see the list below). Each day of the Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit with one of these superb fiber artists. Hop on over to their blogs on the dates listed, leave a comment on their Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour post and you’ll be eligible to win a free book copy!
Be sure to stop by here and leave a comment every day through February 1-14, because in addition to giving away a copy of my book, Fabric Printing at Home (at the end of the Tour), I’ll also be giving away daily “door” prizes!
So spread the word… to Join the Tour…it’s definitely the place to be!
The Basic Tool Kit
Whether you’re new to surface design on fabric techniques or consider yourself a pro, it’s important to assemble the “must have” tools and materials you need to work.
In Chapter 1: Getting Started, I put together a list I like to call my Basic Tool Kit. Here are some of the things on the list:
- Padded portable work surfaces (my answer to everyone’s work space dilemma!)
- Prepared for Dyeing Cotton or pre-washed 100% cotton fabrics (have an extra piece for a wipe-up cloth)
- Masking tape
- Fabric paints (I like to use Pebeo Setacolor) in both transparent and opaque colors
- Small plastic containers for holding paint
- Plastic spoons or palette knives for mixing and spooning out paint
- Foam brushes and bristle brushes
- Foam daubers ( a neat little tool that’s easy to make)
- Water container (and access to water)
- Containers (recycled!) to hold your brushes, spoons etc.
- Plant mister or spray bottle
- Dense foam brayers (I use Rollrite)
- Glass or plexi-glass palettes
- Paper towels .
In addition, I couldn’t do without my cutting and measuring and marking tools: a craft knife (I use X-acto brand with #11 blades), rotary cutter, lots of scissors including: fabric scissors (hands off!), utility scissors, and small sharp scissors, linoleum cutting tool and tips, a self-healing cutting mat, a clear plastic gridded ruler (I use a 24” one), measuring tape, disappearing marker, permanent markers, graphite pencils, and tracing paper. Oh yes…and don’t forget the iron and ironing board!
Having these tools and materials on hand is certainly a great start to working with the “kitchen potential” surface design techniques I cover in Fabric Printing at Home.
What would you put in your surface design tool kit? Leave a comment below and have a chance to win today’s prize (and it’s a good one!)….my favorite type of brayer (roller) for applying uniform coats of fabric paint to print blocks…a Rollrite dense foam brayer! Your comment also enters you in the final drawing on February 15 for a free copy of Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using FreshProduce and Found Objects.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow when I announce the winner of today’s drawing and introduce the very “clever” Lisa Chin!
Visit my “fab” fiber friends on these dates to be eligible to win a copy of Fabric Printing at Home:
February 2: Lisa Chin
February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula
February 7: Susan Purney Mark
February 8: Teri Lucas
February 9: Jennifer Coyne Qudeen
February 10: Deborah Boschert
February 11: Lynda Heines
February 12: Cheryl Sleboda
February 13: Terri Stegmiller
February 14: Jackie Lams